We’ve been all around the world, spent a lot of time in a lot of different countries, and if there’s one thing we can honestly tell you it’s that we’ve never felt as welcomed, fascinated and humbled as we did when we visited Iran.
Iran is such an incredible country to travel. The architecture will amaze you, the friendliness of the people will leave you speechless, the culture is fascinating and the landscapes are out of this world.
Iran is also very misunderstood, with many people believing whatever propaganda they hear on the media about how dangerous or difficult it is to travel there.
What to Know Before You Visit Iran
The truth is travelling in Iran definitely has its quirks, and being an Islamic country means there’s a few things you need to know about the religion and culture before you go so you can show absolute respect.
Luckily these are easy enough to know before you go if you do a bit of research. We spent one month travelling around Iran and learnt so much during our time there.
To help put your mind at ease about travelling in this incredible country, here’s our list of the most important things to know before you visit Iran.
Iran is Safe!
All of the mainstream media outlets portray Iran as an unsafe country, somewhere that you’ll be at risk if you visit.
The mainstream media is wrong.
We did not feel unsafe once through the whole 4 weeks of us backpacking independently in Iran.
We weren’t with a tour group, had no tour guides, don’t speak the local language, took public transport and taxis, wandered the streets on our own – basically everything you shouldn’t do if you’re in a dangerous country.
And guess what? Nothing bad happened to us at all!
The Iranian people are so friendly and helpful. They want you to have a great time and tell your friends so more people will come and visit.
We were walking around one morning on a quiet street when a car passed us and turned around. A group of young people stopped the car, came up to us, and asked if we were ok or if we needed help.
Once we told them we were just looking for a coffee they pulled out their phones and started showing us where the cafes were on a map.
They even offered us a ride, and said if the cafes were closed they had coffee at their home and would love to make us some.
This is just one example of dozens of interactions that happened to…